Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.
Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.
She reports on changes in the NHS - the reforms and the politics - whether it is in hospitals or in the community or, indeed in Westminster.
She closely follows the care system and how it impacts on the elderly and those with disabilities as well as investigating issues, including mental health, HIV/Aids and TB, and child health.
Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.
Although the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England at one point today said they were up to testing 12,700 people – in fact, the official figures say it was 8,240.
9,000 people have already been admitted to hospital in England since mid-March, and the Government’s scientific advisor warned the coronavirus pandemic is likely to deepen over the next few weeks.
The country has seen the biggest daily rise in deaths from coronavirus – 115 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
An announcement that the Government has ordered millions of tests to show if you’ve had coronavirus and have antibodies was challenged by the Chief Medical Officer just hours later as he warned the tests might not even work.
With 87 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, that’s the highest number in a single day so far.
There are increasing reports from frontline health care staff saying there simply aren’t enough specialist equipment or protective measures in place.
The NHS, already under pressure, faces an unprecedented situation.
With hospitals expecting a massive influx of patients, the government has announced that it will allocate £2.9 billion pounds of its emergency Covid-19 fund, to free up thousands of hospital beds in England.
All non urgent operations in England will be postponed for at least three months – to help free up around 30,000 beds. But how well has the health service been preparing for a potential pandemic?
Our health and social care correspondent was at today’s briefing at Number 10, where the Prime Minister told people they should stop all non-essential contact and travel to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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As the WHO urges countries to step up testing their citizens for coronavirus, the UK government appears to be adopting a different approach.
There has been a lot of criticism today that the government hasn’t gone far enough, quickly enough to halt the spread of the virus.
Boris Johnson has moved the UK to a higher stage of defence against the virus.
The coronavirus is officially a pandemic, the World Health Organisation confirmed today – although they declared it was not too late for countries to act, saying they were ringing the alarm bell “loud and clear”.